Selah’s Center of Hope received a $15,000 grant from the DTE Energy Foundation to support the Monroe, Mich.-based maternity home’s comprehensive faith-based programming. The grant will help the center continue to provide a safe, nurturing and stable sanctuary for – and education and mentorship to – homeless and impoverished people who find themselves facing unexpected pregnancies.

Selah’s Center of Hope helps expectant parents improve their living arrangements, education and general well-being so they can instill healthy, sustainable habits in their children – and ultimately become productive, self-sufficient members of the local community.

“At the DTE Foundation, we know when children and families thrive, our communities, state and nation flourish as well,” said Jennifer Lawson, manager, DTE Foundation. “The holistic approach Selah’s Center of Hope takes to helping families in need is compassionate and strategic, and we’re humbled to help further the center’s mission. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding will make on Selah’s Center of Hope and the families it serves – which are families DTE proudly serves as well.”

For impoverished pregnant women living in homeless shelters during their pregnancies, stabilization – and ultimately well-being and prosperity – are often difficult to achieve due to a lack of financial resources, an abusive situation at home and/or other circumstances.

Because most shelters have length-of-stay limits, expectant mothers who have nowhere else to turn often move from shelter to shelter without getting the support – or learning the critical skills – they need to make positive, lasting change. Selah’s Center of Hope continues to work to break this pattern – and to create new opportunities to give comfort and critical life skills to its residents, and ultimately position them to provide for their growing families.

“Through the DTE Foundation’s generous grant, Selah’s Center of Hope will be able to continue to deliver compassionate, holistic support that helps expectant parents in need take the first step toward creating a brighter future,” said Kara Dowler, chief executive officer, Selah’s Center of Hope. “We’re grateful for this support, and for an opportunity to work alongside DTE to create stronger, more vital families, and stronger, more vital communities.”

Visit selahscenterofhope.com for more information about the center and its mission.